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North essex: Pair accused of attempting to rape baby
3:40pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A MOTHER and her partner have been remanded in custody after allegedly assaulting and attempting to rape a baby.
The couple from Clacton, who cannot be named to protect the baby’s identity, were charged with three counts of causing grievous bodily harm, two of attempted rape and one of neglect causing unnecessary suffering.
The 14-week-old baby girl is in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on life support after suffering suspected multiple skull fractures, paralysis of the right side of her body and several injuries of a sexual nature.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday the injuries are believed to have been caused on about Friday, August 9.
They were spotted when she was taken to Colchester General Hospital with a head injury on August 10.
The baby was transferred almost immediately to the specialist children’s hospital in London.
Simon Newell, prosecuting, explained the investigation has been delayed because of the injuries.
He said: “She has been examined by medical staff fighting to save her life and not to provide evidence for a criminal case.”
Her mother, 23, wearing a red prison jumper, began sobbing in the dock and wiping away the tears with her jumper as she heard the attempted rape charges.
An application for bail was rejected by magistrates.
No application for bail was made for her partner of six weeks, a man, 31.
Both are due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on October 21 for a plea and case management hearing and they will remain in custody until then.
Charges were brought following a investigation led by the Essex Police’s child abuse investigation team.
Social services is aware of the incident and meausres are being put in place for the care of the baby and a boy aged three.